Masculine card

Whipping a masculine card for today’s project. I intend to send this birthday card to my uncle and selected some vintage-type papers from Heidi Swapp.

I used the sketch from Paper Smooches May 25-31 Designer Drafts Challenge.


I got the curved border die recently and this sketch is just the perfect chance to use them. For the birthday sentiment, I used the greetings from  Party Posse and embossed it with white embossing powder.

The running strip is a fabric tape that I recently purchase in the local craft store. I love how it blends well with the colors of the papers.





I’m also entering this card to Simon Says Stamps, Anything Goes challenge.

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It’s all good

I’m joining again this month at Sketch N Scratch, Card Sketch #26 challenge. This time, I had the chance to use some of my recent Mama Elephant products.

For the card base, I dry embossed them using embossing folder. Then, instead of a ribbon, I used the Landscape trio die for the curved shape and added some pattern paper behind it for some colors.

I added sentiments in the speech bubble by stamping it with Hero Arts  Orange Soda ink and heat embossed it with white. On the top right, I placed another sentiment from Everyday Sentiments.

For the little bird, I stamped it in pattern paper and paper pieced the green top.

card sketch #26



I’m entering this card also to A Blog Named Hero, Challenge # 44, You’re the (em) Boss


Supplies used:

Pattern papers, Star-shaped sequin, Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder, White Embossing Powder, Heat tool

landscape trio  love quotes diecut  LOVE_QUOTES_large   EVERYDAY_GREETINGS  memento ink neenah desert storm  orange soda


Hippo Hooray

Playing with Paper Smooches stamps and dies. I’m entering this card to May 18-24 Anything Goes (wk 3) challenge.

I die cut the hippo, frame and balloon from PS. I die cut 2-3 piece of cardboard to add more dimensions to the frame and hippo, I think 1 extra piece for the balloon. I got the curled twine by putting white glue all around the twine and arrange it the way I want, then let dry.



I used the card sketch from Dahlhouse Designs Wanna Sketch # 16.


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Keep Calm and Carry On

Last week, I tried watercolors in my card project, and today, I’m using one of the sample watercolor background that I did last time, now to this card.

I have seen great inspirational quotes and I read the ”Keep Calm and Carry On” somewhere and noted them on my little notebook to use for later. So here it is now, just perfect for this week’s Retrosketches challenge # 115 sketch.

All stamps and papers are from Sarah Hurley. The small stamp set on the kit fits so nice to add some design to a plain background. I white embossed the little leaves, doodle circle and the heart. I also added some enamel dots to add some more colors in the white card base.




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I’m also entering this card to

Through the Craftroom Door, Anything Goes.

Word Art Wednesday, Challenge # 133, Anything Goes.

Birthday {Cup} cake

Happy Monday!

Today, I’m featuring a great Special Editions stamp called Cupcake by the uber talented Jaine Drake.

I love the size of this cupcake, its size makes paper piecing so much easier just like what I did on this card.

I stamped the frosting in red pattern paper and a lighter paper shade for the liner. I plan to share different projects using the set so I’ll be sharing those ones too soon.

For this card, I’m using a sketch from Seize the Sketch # 20.



close up

I’m also entering this card to

Word Art Wednesday, Anything Goes

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge, Anything Goes.

Paper Issues, Food for thought.

Black, white and yellow

Joining in again this time at Fusion Challenge (black, white & yellow with the sketch and flowers).

The challenge is just so timely too as I recently got A Few of my Favorites Things scrapbooking kit  from Sarah Hurley that matches the color combo in the challenge.

Love those flower elements and the pattern papers on this pack, just so beautiful. I love putting the elements together to create a different card.  I also used the black satin ribbon and the flower sequins which are also included in the kit.

So, here goes my take..

may8 - Copy



Just a reminder, there’s an ongoing Anything Goes Challenge at the Sarah Hurley365 blog. So check them out too.

I’m also entering this card to:

Just Keep on Creating, Anything Goes.

Sister Act Challenge # 57, Anything Goes.

Watercoloring in cards

The art medium “Watercolors” are just so popular in card making right now. There are a number of  supplies you can use to do a watercolor technique and some of them that I already have are watercolor pencils, distress inks and pigment inks.

When I started with card making, the watercolor pencils are the one I used often to color my images since  they have  variety of colors available. At the time, I don’t have alcohol markers and some few distress markers came only later in my supplies.

So for today, I’m glad I had the chance to try the watercolor look in my card project. there are a lot of great watercolor card inspirations that I see online and I must be trying out this technique before another technique madness comes 🙂

I initially used the Prang watercolors but later moved to use the distress inks (for today I settled for Peacock Feathers distress ink).


I tried the red too and other watercolor sheets just to play around.

sample distress

I used watercolor paper and dip the paper to the wet distress ink to fill the background. I love the color of the Peacock feather so I continued to fill the background with more coats as it dry.

The stamps I used are from Sarah Hurley Butterflies stamp set.


For the butterflies, I fussy cut them after stamping, then run a wet brush all over the edges to create a watercolor too, that can also achieve using pigment inks.

I then stamps the rest of the butterflies and do the same watercoloring around it.

stamped butterfly

And my final output..


A closer look at those butterflies..

close up lay

Note, the current challenge for this month at Sarah Hurley’s blog is Anything Goes. There’s still time to play so go ahead and try something out like water coloring.

I’m entering this card in VSC Challenge #23, Distress (I used Peacock feather distress ink to create my watercolor background).


Best wishes

I recently got a parcel full of crafty goodness from Sarah Hurley. Today, I had the chance to use some of them.

Since I love the butterfly in the pack and the dimension it gives to a card project, I used one of them here. I also added the gold leaf for some spark.  The papers are just gorgeous and  I love the fun feel it gives to this best wishes card. The sentiment is from Sarah’s Sentiment stamp set.

I used the card sketch inspiration from Retrosketches # 114.




Remember,   there’s an ongoing challenge  this month,  Anything Goes challenge at the Sarah Hurley 365 blog. Better to check out the blog too for some inspiration.

I’m entering this card to at:

Scribble and Scrap, Anything Goes challenge

The Tiny Fairy Tales Challenge, Butterfly

Birthday wishes

A birthday card to share today.

I used a combination of papers and stamps from Sarah Hurley.  That cute bird is from Sarah’s Be Mine stamp set which I colored with promarkers. Apparently, the Be Mine scrapbooking kit is one of my favorites 🙂

Remember, Sarah Hurley 365 blog is running Challenge # 92 Anything Goes theme challenge for this month.

I die cut the circle and the speech bubble from Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp respectively. I got the mini pompom ribbon from the local Daiso store, love those colors.

Its Sketch N Scrap‘s birthday month so I’m joining in again this time in their Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch # 125.


My color inspiration is from colorQ challenge # 120.




I’m entering this card also to Seize the Birthday, Anything Goes challenge.



3×3 card set

I have a set of blank 3×3 cards with envelopes for sometime, just waiting for me to use them. So today, I decided to do something different for my project.

I used different sets of stamps and dies from Paper Smooches to decorate the front of the cards and use the paper pack from My Mind’s Eye. These mini cards are so easy to do and I had fun combining the products together to create a quick card that I can use to write notes for a gift.

I still have time to make it to this week’s Paper Smooches, Anything Goes (wk 1) challenge so I’m joining in again.








Entering this project to:

Loves Rubberstamps challenge 102, Anything Goes

Catch the Bug Challenge Blog, May Anything Goes


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